Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hawaiian Monk Seals

Known in Hawaiian as "ilio holo i ka uaua", or dog that runs in rough water, the seals' English name is inspired in part by the animals' solitary ways. The Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) is considered the most endangered seal in U.S. waters, with only about 1,200 seals left.

The most endangered seal in the world is another species of monk seal, the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), of which there are only about 600 seals left in the Mediterranean. The Caribbean monk seal (Monachus tropicalis), a third species of monk seal, is now extinct.

Please sign the petition so that NOAA might continue funding of research to save this species.

Jean-Michel Cousteau has more information here.

Thanks to RLW at Boat Bits for bringing this to my attention.

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